Healthcare Attorney/Policy Advocate

The New Mexico Center on Law and Poverty is hiring an attorney or policy advocate to carry out advocacy to improve the healthcare system for children and families.

The Center is a nationally recognized non-profit law firm that engages in systemic advocacy and impact litigation to advance the health, economic and educational wellbeing of New Mexico’s families. We partner with our communities to provide advocacy and representation through the courts, the legislature and administrative agencies, community education and media. To learn more about the Center, please visit our website at www.nmpovertylaw.org.

We seek a dynamic and creative attorney or policy advocate to work with community leaders throughout New Mexico on major reforms to the healthcare system. The Center’s Healthcare team is advancing innovative solutions to make healthcare affordable for all New Mexicans, protect Medicaid coverage, reduce medical debt and ensure equitable policies as prioritized by immigrant, Native American and low-income communities, and in collaboration with a broad network of community partners, leaders and advocates. This position will conduct policy advocacy and analysis, legislative efforts, media work, community education and coalition-building. Attorneys will additionally provide legal representation in systemic cases.

Required: minimum three years of policy or legal advocacy; passionate about healthcare reform; excellent research, writing and advocacy skills; ‘no-stone-unturned’ thoroughness and persistence; strong leadership skills and ability to problem-solve creatively; ability to develop expertise in complex regulations and policies; commitment to economic, racial and gender justice. Preferred: Spanish, Indigenous language or other language fluency; experience with lobbying, legislative and government processes, budget analysis, media, and coalition building.

Apply in confidence by emailing a resume and cover letter to contact@nmpovertylaw.org. We are an equal opportunity employer and committed to equity in our work. Native Americans, people of color, immigrants, people with disabilities, LGBTQ individuals and people who have grown up in New Mexico are especially encouraged to apply.

Paid Summer Internship

Spend your summer fighting for social justice!

The Seth D. Montgomery Fellowship is a paid 10-week, full-time position at the Center for an outstanding first or second year law student. The Fellow will receive a $5,000 stipend and will work closely with our attorneys in one or more of our areas of work, doing legal research, drafting pleadings and advocacy materials, and performing issue analysis, investigation and outreach to affected communities. The Fellow will learn about the Center’s unique model for advancing justice through creative lawyering and advocacy, and develop skills to become an effective advocate for social change.

Application Deadline: March 1, 2020

To apply, please email a cover letter, resume, short writing sample, and law school transcript to Sovereign Hager contact@nmpovertylaw.org. Enter in the Subject Heading: “Seth Montgomery Fellowship”. If you have a particular interest in one of our areas of work, let us know about it in your cover letter.

Education Attorney

The New Mexico Center on Law and Poverty is seeking an attorney to carry out litigation and policy advocacy to transform the public education system.

We seek a dynamic and creative attorney to work with educational leaders throughout New Mexico on major policy reforms and litigation related to education, including compliance with the landmark Yazzie/Martinez court decision. In July 2018, families and school districts represented by the Center on Law and Poverty and co-counsel won a historic court ruling that the public education system is insufficient and violates the constitutional rights of Native American, English language learner, and low-income students and students with disabilities. The ruling mandates comprehensive programmatic and funding reforms. This position will work with our legal team on ongoing litigation of the Yazzie case, advance legislative efforts, conduct administrative advocacy with agencies, and investigate and litigate new issues related to public education. Learn more about our education work at: www.nmpovertylaw.org/our-work/education/

The Center is a nationally recognized non-profit law firm that engages in systemic advocacy and impact litigation to advance the health, economic and educational wellbeing of New Mexico’s families. We partner with our communities to provide advocacy through the courts, the legislature and administrative agencies, and through community outreach and education. To learn more about the Center, please visit our website at www.nmpovertylaw.org.

Required: strong leadership and strategic thinking skills; passionate about education policy, racial justice and community lawyering; excellent litigator, writer and researcher; ability to manage complex projects; ‘no-stone-unturned’ thoroughness and persistence. Preferred: Indigenous language or Spanish speaker, experience with lobbying, coalition-building, and media.

Apply in confidence by emailing a resume and cover letter to contact@nmpovertylaw.org. We are an equal opportunity employer. Native Americans, other people of color, and people with disabilities are especially encouraged to apply.

Fall, Spring, and Summer Externships

The New Mexico Center on Law and Poverty allows selected law students the opportunity to earn credits while working under the supervision of a licensed attorney as part of an Externship Program. Students will have the opportunity to work in the areas of healthcare, workers’ rights, immigrants’ rights, public benefits, hunger and nutritional support, and public education. For questions regarding externships, please contact Staff Attorney Abuko Estrada at abuko@nmpovertylaw.org or Preston Sanchez at preston@nmpovertylaw.org.